I came from a '99 Accord to this car. You will read reviews about "been an honda guy my entire life...." and stuff like that, well that was me. I got the S model in a 6 speed manual. This car is great...
I came from a '99 Accord to this car. You will read reviews about "been an honda guy my entire life...." and stuff like that, well that was me. I got the S model in a 6 speed manual. This car is great! I have been driving it for about 3 months and I have few complaints.
Pros: Response is great! Grip is going to depend on your tires. I like the sharp looking allow wheel on the S option more than the SE steel option. The road noise is significantly REDUCED in this car. Seriously, I had to learn how to feel the RPMs in the clutch vs the sound of the engine for a bit. It was misleading. The ride is much more comfortable. The standard packages of traction control, ABS, and yaw control are great! The car has great pick up and red lines at 7500 (pretty good for a 4 cylinder). The trunk is very spacious. The backseat has a great degree of comfort even after 5 hours of sitting there. If you are one that likes to coast to feel better about your gas millage, this thing coasts FOREVER. The 6 speed manual gearing is great and the shifting is very seamless. It glides in and out of the gears. 2nd gear took a bit to get used to, but that just getting used to it. Great on gas! 35 highway. Avg = 28
CONS: Little things, I wish the arm rest in the back seat had access to the truck. The entire backseat does come down in 1/3 and 2/3 sections. I just wanted an option where it could be a small access point. The fuel cap is by far my biggest complaint. It has this "no-cap" system where there are two spring flaps that have to be pushed outward to release the metal door into the tank. One - it makes putting fuel injector fluid in a much more difficult task. Two - I like putting a locking cap on my gas with it being over $4 a gallon. The last con is I could use a little more space in front of the shifter, but oh well.
Other thoughts: This vehicle is more heavy (at least it feels like) than the Accord. I was looking at Accord, Mazda6's, and Fusions. For the price range I was looking, it was among 2008 Accord, 2010 Fusion or 2010 Mazda6. The Mazda6 has a smaller backseat area and lower roof. The Accord didn't have a 6 speed manual (5 speed) and they have braking and handling issues. Fusion retains it's value very well for a good reason.